FIND A NYE OUTFIT:
AllSaints Winter Warehouse Clearance Sale
Today until Sunday 18th December, AllSaints is hosting its annual winter clearance sale at Brick Lane’s Truman Brewery where old-season stock and samples will be available at up to 80% OFF. Ideal if you’re looking for NYE outfit, customers can browse rails of party dresses, leather jackets and trousers, as well as accessories including bags, shoes and jewellery. There will also be knitwear, shearling jackets and other ready-to-wear pieces on offer.
The Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QR
UPDATE YOUR HOME:
Matilda Goad Pop-Up
SL favourite Matilda Goad has opened her studio at The Tay in Kensal Rise to showcase a selection of her cult homeware. Open until Saturday 17th December, shoppers can look through a selection of candle and candleholders, tableware, frames, lampshades and decorative ornaments. You’ll also find one-off Christmas pieces like festive decorations and special candleholders.
2A Wrentham Avenue, Kensal Rise, NW10 3HA
SEE A PLAY:
A Streetcar Named Desire at Almeida Theatre
Normal People’s Paul Mescal leads the cast of this new production of Tennessee Williams’ seminal play. Opening on Saturday 17th December, this modern adaptation of the 1940s classic tells the story of Blanche DuBois, a troubled woman who experiences a series of tragedies. When Blanche unexpectedly visits her estranged sister Stella, she brings with her a past that will threaten their future. As Stella’s husband Stanley moves closer to the truth, Blanche's fragile world begins to fracture. Reality and illusion collide and a violent conflict changes their lives forever. Tickets start from £15.
Almeida Street, Islington, N1 1TA
The Lush Lounge at Westfield London, White City
Lush has opened a self-care pop-up lounge at Westfield London, White City. Open until Tuesday 20th December, the pop-up includes mood-boosting interactive galleries, massage chairs, and a range of Lush products for complimentary gifts (while stocks last). Highlights include the refresh station, complete with sink and mirrors, where you can use Lush body sprays, toners and hand creams for a quick refresh while you shop; a hand and arm massage station; and a gift-wrapping table for Christmas presents. Don’t miss the ‘Scent Shower’ – a sensory booth where you can take a moment to relax and sample some of Lush’s signature scents.
1081 Ariel Way, White City, W12 7GF
Carols at St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s is one of the capital’s oldest and most important cathedrals. Over the next few weeks, its hosting a series of free Christmas carol services. With daily carols until the end of December, each one takes place in the grand nave, lit up by candles and twinkling lights. On Sunday 18th December, there’s a service at 3pm with readings for advent and music from the cathedral choir, as well as a special carol service on Christmas Eve at 4pm. There’s no need to book a ticket, simply turn up and enjoy.
St. Paul's Churchyard, St. Paul's, EC4M 8AD
HOST THE GIRLS AT HOME:
Pique Christmas Hampers
Catering company Pique has created a selection of Christmas hampers filled with festive treats. Whether you’re hosting the girls at home or want a selection of homemade dishes to fill the fridge over the festive period, there are four new hampers to choose from, including the ‘Yuletide High Tea’ with sweet and savoury bites, the ‘St. Nick’s Picnic’ featuring tasty festive buffet food, and the ‘Christmas Bundle’ with a bit of everything. We like the sound of the ‘Festive Brunch’ hamper (£60 for two) which includes honey-glazed ham and gruyere croissants; smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels; gingerbread overnight oats; panettone French toast with mascarpone, dark chocolate and orange zest; and fig and marmalade cinnamon buns. It also includes a spiced berry Bellini kit or Pickle House bloody Mary kit.
SHOP PERSONALISED CHRISTMAS GIFTS:
TBalance Crystals Pop-Up
TBalance Crystals has opened a pop-up at Liberty where shoppers can design their own personalised necklace or bracelet. Open today and tomorrow from 10am-7pm, the team’s jewellery experts will be on hand to help you create a special gift for someone – or a treat for yourself. Choose from plain or coloured healing crystals (all of which are responsibly sourced) then pick a name or word to personalise your design before collecting it later that day in store.
Regent Street, Carnaby, W1B 5AH
MEET THE GIRLS:
Whispering Angel Alpine Terrace at Stanley’s, Chelsea
One of our favourite restaurants in Chelsea, Stanley’s, has opened an alpine pop-up on its terrace in partnership with Whispering Angel. Decorated like a retro Chamonix bar, guests will be transported to the Alps while enjoying the brand’s classic Côtes de Provence Rosé or Rock Angel rosé with paired snacks – choose from Scottish cod with sprouting broccoli, butter sauce and samphire; or heritage pork with pickled mustard and black truffle sauce.
151 Sydney Street, Chelsea, SW3 5UE
STOCK UP FOR CHRISTMAS:
Borough Market Cheese Evening
Borough Market is hosting its annual cheese evening on Thursday 15th December from 6-9pm. A great chance to stock up for Christmas, the market will have a range of cheese from around the world, as well as homemade chutneys, ciders and wines. Tomorrow night, visitors can get advice on how to put together a Christmas cheeseboard featuring cheeses from Britain, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Look out for mulled wine and craft beer at some of the stalls.
1 Cathedral Street, Borough, SE1 9DE
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX:
The Lost Rhino at The Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum opens a new exhibition on Friday about the importance of rhinos and how conservationists are using technology to prevent them from becoming extinct. At the centre of the exhibition is The Substitute, a video installation by artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg that brings visitors up close with a digitally recreated, life-sized northern white rhino – a species which is on the brink of extinction. There’s also a print of Albrecht Dürer's famous – but inaccurate – rhino from 1515, plus a rhino from the museum's collection. Tickets are free.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD